The light goes out of Selvan Shiv Kumar. RIP.

sans serif records with a heavy heart the passing away of photojournalist Selvan Shiv Kumar in Bangalore today. He was in his early 40s and had been ailing for some time. He is survived by his wife and son.

Shiv Kumar had worked in The Times of India, Deccan Herald, Hindustan Times and DNA in Bangalore, Delhi and Bhopal, covering the hunt for Veerappan and the manhunt of Rajiv Gandhi‘s killers among other assignments.

In July 1997, Shiv became the first Indian photojournalist to be selected for the Reuters Foundation Willy Vicoy fellowship for the fall term at the University of Missouri, USA. As photo editor of the newly launched Bangalore edition of DNA in 2008, Shiva was responsible for a five-days-a-week picture page.

He was photo editor of Bangalore Mirror at the time of his demise.

Last active on his Twitter account in May, one of his tweets reads:

“Photojournalism has lost its sheen of spontaneous pictures to the present day of posing and the subject looking into the camera.”

Read his profile: Light Stalkers

Visit his blog:

View some of his pictures: Flickr


  1. Raghava M

    Felt very sad to hear the news of his demise. Though I have seen him in action at several assignments, I remember Selva Kumar for his weekly coloumns in the DNA Bangalore edition that reflected on the life of the photo journalist and his experiences.

  2. May his soul rest in peace. He has another blog where he has posted all his columns in DNA

  3. anup dutta, bhopal

    Shocked. We have spent almost a week to cover and capture avian visitors visiting Bhopal in winter. on my last call to him, his son picked up the phone and told me he is ill, resting and suffering from jaundice.

  4. Satya

    Shocked. I called him when on vacation in Bangalore and his wife said she will pass on the message. Ten days later I hear Shiva is no more. For me he will always be the 5-a-side footballer, do remember the days at TOI Bangalore. May his soul RIP, Shiva we will miss you, Satya

    1. Tenzing Wangra

      Hello Satya
      My name is Tenzing and was a Bangalorean, and I happened to google my good friend Shiv Kumar, but am confused, havent seen him for over 20 years, and his profile doesent really look like him, but discriptions suit him….Please tell me if this is the same Shiv Kumar who studied in Baldwins, and lived in Cooke Town…

      I am very grateful if you could clear this for me. During 1996 -7 he was with the Hindustan Times in Delhi…..

      Best regards.

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